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Judicial District Boundary Law in Louisiana: 2009

2009 session

ACT No. 133
HOUSE BILL NO. 309 BY REPRESENTATIVE GALLOT AND SENATORS THOMPSON AND WALSWORTH
Prefiled pursuant to Article III, Section 2(A) (4) (b) (i) of the Constitution of Louisiana.
AN ACT
To amend and reenact R.S. 13:312(2) and 312.1(B), relative to the courts of appeal; to provide election sections for the election of judges to the second district of the Court of Appeal for the Second Circuit; to provide for the assignment of judgeships for election purposes; to provide for the election of the judges; and to provide for related matters.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of Louisiana:
Section 1. R.S. 13:312(2) and 312.1(B) are hereby amended and reenacted to read as follows:
§312. Courts of appeal; circuits and districts
There shall be five court of appeal circuits, which shall be subdivided into districts as follows:

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2.(a) Second circuit. The parishes of Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Caldwell, Claiborne, DeSoto, East Carroll, Franklin, Jackson, Lincoln, Madison, Morehouse, Ouachita, Red River, Richland, Tensas, Union, Webster, West Carroll, and Winn shall compose the second circuit, and the court of appeal for that circuit shall be known as "Court of Appeal, Second Circuit, State of Louisiana".
(b) Districts of second circuit. (i) The parishes of East Carroll, Franklin, Madison, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland, Tensas, and West Carroll shall compose the first district of the second circuit. The first district shall be further divided into two election sections.
(aa) Election section one shall consist of East Carroll Parish, Madison Parish, Precincts 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, and 26 of Morehouse Parish, Precincts 2-4, 3-1, 3-2, 3-3, 3-4, 3-5, 3-6, 3-7, 3-8, 3-9, 3-10, 3-11, 3-12, 3-13, 3-14, 3-15, 3-16, 3-17, 10-7, 10-8, 10-12, 10-13, 10-17, and 10-22 of Ouachita Parish, Tensas Parish, and Precincts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 5A, and 6 of West Carroll Parish.
(bb) Election section two shall consist of Franklin Parish, Precincts 1, 2, 3, 5, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 and 34 of Morehouse Parish, Precincts 1-1, 1-2, 1-3, 1-4, 1-4A, 1-5, 2-1, 2-2, 2-3, 4-1, 4-2, 5-1, 5-2, 5-3, 5-4, 5-5, 5-6, 5-7, 5-8, 5-9, 5-10, 5-11, 5-12, 5-13, 5-14, 5-15, 5-16, 5-17, 5-18, 5-19, 5-20, 5-21, 6-1, 6-2, 7-1, 8-1, 8-2, 9-1, 10-1, 10-2, 10-3, 10-4, 10-5, 10-6, 10-9, 10-10, 10-11, 10-14, 10-15, 10-16, 10-18, 10-19, 10-20, and 10-21 of Ouachita Parish, Richland Parish, and Precincts 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 12A, 13, 14, 14A, 15, 16, and 17 of West Carroll Parish.
(ii) The parishes of Bienville, Bossier, Caldwell, Claiborne, Jackson, Lincoln, Union, Webster, and Winn shall compose the second district of the second circuit. The second district shall be further divided into two election sections.
(aa) Election section one shall consist of the parishes of Bienville, Caldwell, Claiborne, Jackson, Lincoln. Union, and Winn.
(bb) Election section two shall consist of the parishes of Bossier and Webster.
(iii) The parishes of Caddo, DeSoto, and Red River shall compose the third district of the second circuit. The third district shall be further divided into two election sections.
(aa) Election section one shall consist of Precincts 1, 3, 5, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 58, 59, 60, 61, 65, 67, 71, 73A, 73B, 80, 81, 84, 86, 96, 130, and 131 of Caddo Parish.
(bb) Election section two shall consist of Precincts 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 28, 47, 48, 49, 56A, 56B, 57, 62, 63, 64, 66, 68, 69, 70, 72, 74, 75, 76A, 76B, 77, 78, 79, 82A, 82B, 83A, 83B, 85A, 85B, 87, 88, 89A, 89B, 89C, 90A, 90B, 91A, 91B, 92, 93, 94, 95A, 95B, 97A, 97B, 98, 99, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 132A, 132B, 133, 134, 135, 136, 137A, 137B, 138, 139, 140, 141, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 149, 150, 151, 152, 153, 154, 155, 156, 157, 158, and 159 of Caddo Parish, DeSoto Parish, and Red River Parish.

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Section 3. This Act shall become effective upon signature by the governor or, if not signed by the governor, upon expiration of the time for bills to become law without signature by the governor, as provided by Article III, Section 18 of the Constitution of Louisiana. If vetoed by the governor and subsequently approved by the legislature, this Act shall become effective on the day following such approval.
Approved by the Governor, June 25, 2009.
Published in the Official Journal of the State: July 15, 2009.
A true copy:
Jay Dardenne
Secretary of State

Act No. 133

Digest

Gallot (HB 309) Act No. 133
Existing law provides that the second district of the Court of Appeal for the Second Circuit is comprised of the parishes of Bienville, Bossier, Caldwell, Claiborne, Jackson, Lincoln, Union, Webster, and Winn. Existing law additionally provides that three judges, Divisions A, B, and C, are elected from the second district.
New law establishes two election sections for the second district. Provides that election section one is comprised of the parishes of Bienville, Caldwell, Claiborne,Jackson, Lincoln, Union, and Winn and shall elect one judge. Provides that election section two is comprised of the parishes of Bossier and Webster and shall elect one judge. Provides that one judge is elected from the second district at large.
New law specifies that the first election to fill a vacancy in a judgeship of the second district, or if none occurs prior to December 31, 2016, the first regular election held after December 31, 2016, to fill a judgeship of the second district shall be held in election section one and such judgeship shall thereafter be assigned to election section one for election purposes; the remaining judgeship with division designation which occurs earlier in the alphabet shall be assigned to election section two for election purposes; and the remaining judgeship shall be assigned to the district at large for election purposes.
Effective upon signature of governor (June 25, 2009).
(Amends R.S. 13:312(2) and 312.1(B))